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Capital, The (Newspaper) - February 3, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Annapolis Neck 2nd In line for new fire AMISH KILLING Teen murders then kills W IPI it MIM OfCflM Free fun on tap for local children SEE ENTERTAINMENT _ TOMORROW SNOW DETAILS- PAGE All FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3. 1995. ANNAPOLIS. MD Road workers gear up for snow By MARK DAVENPORT StaffWrtter Robert Henson is a little nervous about weather forecasters' predictions that a major snowstorm will dump 4 to 6 indies on the Annapolis area. When the first flakes probably around the JS-year veteran State Highway Administration worker will golo work clearing snow from the area's major arteries. Across the East snowplow drivers like Mr. Henson are gearing up fdr- the which is likely to dump a foot of snow on areas west and north of Baltimore and Washington. The storm probably will bring rain to the Eastern with the Annapolis area getting snow early tomorrow possibly followed by sleet or rain The storm moving in from the will drop mostly light snow at first After miring with mois- ture from the mid Atlantic region it wQl become heavier and said Amet a National Weather Service forecaster at Baltimore-Washington In- ternational Airport Regardless of whether if s wet or dry Mr. Henson is excited about testing his skills in me first big winter storm of the year. He also knows that people are relying on his and that he may not get home until Sunday. The plowing itself is he but 12-hour shifts are not gets especially when you forget what day it he said. sort of like a kid playing in the but it's a serious Local SHA workers were to spend today on normal prtfhfaig holes and clearing but they were to return to the garage at 2 p.m. to prepare their trades for winter's onslaught County road workers also were to spend part of today attaching plows and salt spreaders to which are Page GLEN BURNIE FIRE track fey to aoatiol effaya HOME 25C 33c Readers vent anger with Glendening By MICHAELCODY StaffWriter Consistently venomous and occasion ally angry critics of Gov. Parrte N. Glendening overwhelmed supporters in a call-in survey con- ducted by The Capital this week. In the decidedly unscientific 588 or 94 percent of the 628 readers who called a hotline number were vehemently opposed to Glendening They were responding to a question about whether recent revelations that Mr. Glendening's top three aides were due more than in severance pay from Prince George's County had undermined confidence in the new Democratic governor The callers' comments filled hours of tape between 1 p.m Wednes- day and 3 p.m. yesterday. It was the newspaper's largest-ever response for a survey often tying up the phone line so some people couldn't get through. Callers did not have to give their names or party affiliations. Insults from to to were hurled at the former Prince George's County executive. He frequently was called and He was compared to Spiro Agnew and Marvin Mandel a pairof Mary- land political figures with tarnished reputations. Glendening is just another ex- ample of the conniving sort of politician that thrives in Maryland's Democratic Party. He stole the left Prince George's County heavily in and rigged a lucrative pension one caller sail in for a bad four Many callers noted their support for Republican candidate Ellen Sauerbrey Page Some ttmptoa of readers' P.G. policy on sick days is unusual ByBARTJANSEN StaffWriter A generous Prince George's County government policy that allows workers to cash in all of their unused vacation and sick leave is virtually unheard-of in private industry And it doesn't happen any more m Anne Arandel County which capped such benefits in 1991 after getting burned when two outgoing pub- IkTotTlcials collected more than in unused leave Controversy over leave poli- cies erupted last weekend after it was learned that three former Prince George's County officials had cashed in more than in vacation and sick leave because they moved to state government Area corporate officials say allowing employees to accumu- late such huge payments is bad business. not take sick leave and get paid for it is counter- said Bruce Peter- personnel director at Na- tionwide insurance in private I'd be sur- prised If anybody did His company allows 775 local workers to carry over 10 days of vacation tine each year and get paJd for it if they depart SICK Page 65 mph speed limit could bring ban on radar detectors ByTODDSPANGLER StaffWriter Promising no rise in highways deaths if the state increases the speed limit to 65 Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday called for' stricter traffic fines and a ban on radar detectors in Maryland. Mr. who announced during his State of the State address last week mat he would push for raising the speed limit on some roads to 65 said he expects portions of Route and Interstate 97 to be included in the faster speed zones. Although the governor has continued to refer to all mterstates in Maryland that would be affected as he explained that he does believe a 65 mph limit is appropriate for the highways around Annapolis. clearly is a 65 mph speed Mr. Glendening said. Under federal transportation por- tions of Route from the Capital Beltway to Rowe Boulevard could be designated at the higher speed. 1-97 could be 65 mph from the Route 50 interchange north to the Route 3 business split It would be up to a state review panel to decide which roads qualifying under the federal guidelines should have the 65 mph limit Mr. Glendening yesterday outlined his plans to Increase traffic enforcement In order to allay fears that traffic will move even faster than the 65 mph speed limit. roads are engineered for higher said State Highway Administrator Hal Kassoff. Maryland has built four-lane highways like 1-97 for traffic moving closer to 75 mph. He said the legislation would likely go into effect in if approved by the General Assembly. Mr. Glendening yesterday outlined his plans to increase traffic enforcement in order to allay fears that traffic will move even faster than the 65 mph speed limit Proponents of the higher limit argue that most cars on the roads are already driving nearly that fast and the change won't dramatically increase highway speeds. The besides asking for a prohibi- tion on radar said his legislation proposes increasing the maximum fine for driving faster than 65 mph from to And he wants to Increase from two to three the number of points charged to a person caught exceeding the limit Five points would continue to be subtracted for those ticketed at speeds above 85 mph. Mr. Glendening said state police will increase their traffic enforcement as well will be no increase in highway Bruce lobbyist for a group supporting the use of radar said yesterday that the governor's suggestion that they be banned will not succeed. is an issue that has been before the legislature well over 10 he said. Page INSIDE Baseball's expansion com- mittee held a two4iour conference cad yesterday about possible taterteague play and the price of future tat dWn't potential M. ArumM Report__ Bl nKiuMi A10 AS flanMid---------B7 Mwtart-------All CkftNotM------- Al Governor offers to put off new emissions tests till '96 ChMswort of Urn m prinM Mdi M 'tryrlid fupH. HM MMptpw also It From Kant 327-1583 ByTODDSPANGLER StaffWriter In an attempt to quiet complaints about an expanded vehicle Gov. N. Glendening yester- day offered to delay much of the program until June 1096 a deal local opponents of the test applauded. Motor Vehicle Administration offi- weren't sure when even a Kakd-down test would begin far Anne Arundel County nUdents. Gtendenmg announced plans tor a bin that would allow drivers to remain to their cars during the test and would delay the por- tion of the in which the vehicle would be accelerated to 55 mph on two metal rollers. The compromise followed a public furor over Maryland's new set to motion surrounding states have reft lar inspections. to .major i Sen. Fhfflp C. D-Brooklyn put Into place a program first of has proven to have some significant technical problems and is unworkable. I think this legislation will go a long way toward solving a major problem we have Gov. Glendening who has long been an opponent of the program. It wouldn't have hap- paned without the puMfc If it the General the legislation wfll stop of the fun teat which has already been delayed since Jan. 9 became of com- puter problems. But'even before the program was scheduled to complaints began to surface from the public. The gUtches gave opponents time to marshal their forces and sway Mr. Gtendening and lawmakers. Nineteen facilities were bufit in 13 counties and Baltimore ctty at a cost of mfflton for the aimed at reducing pollution from automobiles. Anne Arandel County and Queen An- ne's County are included in the testing. The new which included a dynamometer a fuel tank pressure a tailpipe test and a vtwal inspec- was to cost and take .twice as long as the old inspection. A driver was to watt outside hit car as a technician accelerated it on the dynamometer and performed the other portions of the tott major problem I WM hearing from people was other people dilvkug AP photo ;